THE Peebles Highland Games have been cancelled for a second consecutive year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 edition had been set to take place in Hay Lodge Park on Saturday, September 4.

However, the decision has been taken to call off the games again “in the interest of protecting the safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials”.

Chris Patterson, the chairman of Peebles Highland Games Association, said it was “a very difficult decision to make”.

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“Although we could probably have staged some form of outdoor event come September, with most other Highland Games throughout the country having now been cancelled again, many of the pipe bands, dancers and heavy athletes that take part will now be unlikely to be in a position to compete this year,” he said.

Mr Patterson added: “We know the Games are one of the highlights of the year for many people and an event which many make plans for well in advance.

“While we share your disappointment at this news we hope that all our supporters stay safe and well.”

According to organisers, the 50th anniversary of Peebles Highland Games will take place in Hay Lodge Park on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

Planning for the "landmark" event is already under way.